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10 man Fulham edged out by Birmingham - Ch. Match Report MD06

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Match Report

Fulham (0) 0-1 (0) Birmingham City

Championship Match Day 06 1617 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 10th September 2016    KO: 15:00

Referee: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Fulham defender Michael Madl
Fulham defender
Michael Madl
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Michael Madl picked up two yellow cards in 44 minutes - making it an uphill battle for Slavisa Jokanovic's men.

And Clayton Donaldson, who missed a penalty in the first-half, made no mistake with his second spot-kick in the 49th minute.

The win moves Birmingham, who have only lost one of the their last 10 league games, into third, while Fulham drop out of the automatic promotion places.

Blues could have taken an early lead but Donaldson's close-range shot was superbly blocked by Madl.

The pair were involved in the referee's first big call of the match moments later when Madl looked to have shoved the number nine in the box, but nothing was given.

In an action-packed opening 10 minutes, Tomasz Kuszczak stopped Tom Cairney's side-footed effort from reaching the top corner.

Match Stats Fulham Birmingham
Goals (0) 0 1 (0)
Scorers   Donaldson pen 49
Goal attempts 10 25
On target 1 8
Shooting Accuracy 10% 32%
Possession 64% 36%
Passes 519 282
Pass Success 84% 73%
Crosses 22 20
Crosses Success 14% 35%
Corners 3 9
Tackles 10 22
Tackles Success 90% 68%
Saves 6 1
Fouls 12 22
Offsides 1 4
Yellows 1 3
Reds 1 0
source: Fulham FC/Soccernet
Meanwhile, down at the other end, Robert Tesche's 30-yard strike was turned behind the post by David Button.

And the resulting corner saw Ryan Shotton direct his header wide.

Birmingham spurned a golden opportunity in the 22nd minute when a long ball over the top of the Fulham backline found Che Adams, but his tame shot trickled into Button's hands.

The former Sheffield United forward made up for his miss just three minutes later by winning his side a penalty after he was hacked down by Madl, who picked up his first bookable offence.

Donaldson stepped up but Button dived to his left to save the spot-kick.

Just before half-time, Madl was shown a second yellow card for a rash sliding tackle on Donaldson.

At the start of the second-half, Fulham cheaply lost possession in their own half, which resulted in Adams being tripped in the box to earn a second Blues penalty of the game.

And this time Donaldson netted his third goal of the season as he drilled the ball past Button.

Jacques Maghoma could have doubled the away side's advantage but his 20-yard free-kick sailed just inches wide of the post.

Fulham skipper Cairney tried his best to get Fulham back on level terms when he beat three Blues defenders but had his shot blocked.

The Cottagers came close to scoring again when left-back Scott Malone failed to hit the target from 10 yards.

Even the introduction of debutant Chris Martin could not push aside a resilient Birmingham team who held on for the win.

Fulham: Button; Odoi, Kalas, Madl, Malone; McDonald, Johansen (Jozabed 32'); Cairney, Sone Aluko, Floyd Ayité (Martin 76'); Matt Smith (Kebano 45')
Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Sigurdsson, Ryan Sessegnon, Tunnicliffe

Booked: Madl (26,f), Madl (44,f), Odoi (54,f)

Sent Off: Madl (44,2nd yel)

Birmingham City: Kuszczak; Spector, Morrison, Shotton, Grounds; Davis (Cotterill 75'), Tesche, Kieftenbeld, Maghoma; Donaldson (Jutkiewicz 65'), Adams (Stewart 83')
Unused substitutes: Legzdins, Robinson, Brown, Fabbrini

Donaldson 49 ( converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.)

Booked: Donaldson (42,f), Grounds (45+1,f), Spector (90,f)

Referee:: Tony Harrington (Cleveland)

Attendance:: 17,603

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